To increase the regulatory acceptance of (Q)SAR methods, the OECD is developing a QSAR Toolbox to make (Q)SAR technology readily accessible, transparent, and less demanding in terms of infrastructure costs.
21 September 2017 - A patch for QSAR Toolbox version 4.1 was released to address an installation issue and a few additional bugs.
8 August 2017 - OECD launches the QSAR Toolbox version 4.1
This version 4.1 includes:
Updated profilers and metabolic simulators along with new databases, functionalities and migration tools.
Find out more on the QSAR Toolbox new features below.
Re-introducing functionalities from version 3.x to version 4:
These build on the new features of version 4.0 launched in April 2017:
For the complete list of new features, please see the release notes.
The Toolbox is a software application intended to the use of governments, chemical industry and other stakeholders in filling gaps in (eco)toxicity data needed for assessing the hazards of chemicals. The Toolbox incorporates information and tools from various sources into a logical workflow. Crucial to this workflow is grouping chemicals into chemical categories. Download our brochure (PDF).
The seminal features of the Toolbox are:
The toolbox also provides an approach to predict skin sensitisation based on the concept of Adverse Outcome Pathways. The Toolbox has been developed in several phases:
The purpose of this webinar was to demonstrate the new features of Version 4.0 of the QSAR Toolbox.
OECD: Brief overview of the purpose & history of the QSAR Toolbox. Basic concepts and organisation of the Toolbox including workflow, profilers, databases. Where to get support for Version 4.0 (tutorials, discussion forum).
ECHA: Practical examples for the use of the QSAR Toolbox v4.0, with focus on the new functionalities. Relevance of profilers and databases for a given endpoint. Automated and standardised workflows. Quantitative metabolic information. Improved reporting: new prediction report and exportable data matrix in excel format.
The functionalities of the new version were presented at the 2017 IT tools training during ECHA´s stakeholders´ day.
Latest version of the QSAR Toolbox (version 4.1) as well as instructions for installation and how to get started:
Download the Release Notes 4.1
Download the Installation manual
Download the Application manual of OECD QSAR Toolbox v.4
Download the Quick reference guidance for getting started
- Due to the size of the files, the downloads may take a few minutes.
- The same download facilities are also available on the following mirror web sites:
The presentations of the QSAR Toolbox can be downloaded from the following table:
Training materials for the Toolbox are also available below. This material can be freely used for training purposes.
Application manual of OECD QSAR Toolbox v.4.1
|2||Quick reference guidance for getting started|
|3||Manual for creating prioritisation schemes (using the Profiling Scheme Editor)|
|II. Step by step approach for predicting|
|1||Step-by-step example on how to predict the skin sensitisation potential approach of a chemical read-accross based on an analogue approach|
|2||Step-by-step example for predicting Ames mutagenicity by making use read-accross|
|3||Step-by-step example on how to predict acute aquatic toxicity to Daphnia for the 3-ethyl-5-methyl-3-methoxyphenol by the trend analysis approach|
|III. Step by step examples for introducting basic functionnalities|
|1||Step-by-step example of how to evaluate an ad-hoc category of aliphatic amines and to predict an ecotoxicological endpoint|
|2||Step-by-step example of how to build an user-defined linear profiling scheme|
|3||Step-by-step example for building QSAR model|
|4||Example for predicting skin sensitisation potential of (2E,6Z)-2,6-nonadien-1-ol accounting for skin metabolism|
|5||Step-by-step example for predicting skin sensitization accounting for abiotic activation of chemicals|
|6||Example for predicting acute aquatic toxicity to fish of mixture with known components|
|7||Example for predicting Skin Sensitization of mixture|
|8||Implementation AOP workflow in Toolbox: Skin Sensitization|
|9||Examples illustrating customized search (Query Tool) in Toolbox|
|10||Example illustrating endpoint vs. endpoint correlation using ToxCast data|
|11||Example illustrating endpoint vs. endpoint correlation for apical endpoints|
|IV. Step by step examples for introducting new functionalities of Version 4|
|1||Tutorial on how to predict skin sensitisation potential by automated workflow|
|2||Tutorial on how to predict skin sensitisation potential by standardized workflow|
|3||Tutorial of how to use Automated workflow for ecotoxicological prediction|
|4||Tutorial of how to use Standardized workflow for ecotoxicological prediction|
|5||Tutorial illustrating new options for grouping with metabolism|
|6||Tutorial on how to predict Skin sensitization potential taking into account alert performance|
|7||Tutorial illustrating quantitative metabolic information and related functionalities|
|8||Tutorial for using the PBT prioritization scheme|
|9||Tutorial on SMARTS structures search|
|10||Tutorial of how to Import/Export a custom database and Import/Export IUCLID|
|11||Tutorial illustrating new options of the structure similarity|
The OECD does not foresee to organise training sesions for the use of the Toolbox. Training sessions are organised by other organisations which are referenced:
The QSAR Toolbox helpdesk provides support. The helpdesk may address issues related to:
The support helpdesk is not able to address issues related to:
A QSAR Toolbox Discussion Forum is available where users can: